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India U19 beat Sri Lanka by 97 runs to enter 5th U19 World Cup final

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:37 IST
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  • India has reached the final of the U19 World Cup after beating Sri Lanka in the semi final.
  • The blue colts will face the winner of the other semifinal - Bangladesh vs West Indies - in the final on 14 February.
  • The man of the match was Indian batsman Anmolpreet Singh, who top scored with 72 runs.

The Indian U19 team reached the final of the ongoing U19 cricket world cup in Bangladesh on 9 February, with a 97 run win over Sri Lanka in the semifinal. India will play the winner of the other semifinal - Bangladesh vs West Indies in the final on 14 February.

Put in to bat first after Sri Lanka won the toss, the Indians made 267 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in the stipulated 50 overs. Man of the match Anmolpreet Singh (72 runs) and Sarfaraz Khan (59 runs) were the chief architects in setting the total.

In reply, Sri Lanka were all out for a mere 170 runs in 42.4 overs.

Sri Lanka faced a rocky start from the beginning. In-form Indian seamer Avesh Khan bagged the wicket of Avishka Fernando when he trapped him LBW for four runs. The bowler was also instrumental in the run out of Kavin Bandara shortly after.

The Sri Lankan batting line up could not cope with the accuracy of the Indian bowlers, as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Kaminu Mendis top scored for the Lankan Lions with 39 runs. Among the bowlers, Avesh Khan and Mayank Dagar bowled brilliantly as the two picked up five wickets between them.

With this win, India have entered their fifth U19 World Cup Final, and will be looking to lift the trophy for a record fourth time.

First published: 9 February 2016, 5:08 IST
 
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